Word of the Day – Lustrum

By February 9, 2018Word of the Day

Lustrum (noun) (literary)


A period of five years.

Late 16th century: from Latin, originally denoting a purificatory sacrifice after a quinquennial census.

Example sentences

“She’s been my friend for eight lustrums now and forty years is a long time!”

Word of the Day – Ecdysis

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Ecdysis (noun)


The process of shedding the old skin (in reptiles) or casting off the outer cuticle (in insects and other arthropods).

Mid 19th century: from Greek ekdusis, from ekduein ‘put off’, from ek- ‘out, off’ + duein ‘put’.

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